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9 Year Old Kills Gun Instructor Showing Her How To Fire An Uzi

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A weapons instructor in Arizona is dead after being shot by an Uzi that he was teaching a nine year old girl how to use: The authorities in Arizona on Wednesday were investigating what went wrong after a 9-year-old girl firing an Uzi submachine gun at a shooting range accidentally killed the instructor who had […]

Congress Must Vote Before We Expand The Attacks On ISIS

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As talk begins of expanding the war against ISIS into Syria, it is becoming long past time for Congress to exercise its Constitutional function.

Copyright Office: Monkey Selfies Not Entitled To Copyright Protection

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The Copyright Office says that works not “created” by humans are not entitled to copyright protection.

GAO: Obama Broke The Law In Bergdahl Release Deal

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The General Accounting Office confirmed what seems clear to anyone who can read a statute.

Aurora Theater Shooting Foreseeable Rules Federal Judge

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Lawsuits against the theater where 12 people were murdered in 2012 may go forward.

What If “Justice” In The Mike Brown Case Doesn’t End In A Conviction?

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

There is a good possibility that Darren Wilson could be acquitted in the shooting of Michael Brown.. Are the protesters ready to accept that reality?

Supreme Court Stays Ruling Allowing Same-Sex Marriage In Virginia

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Not unexpectedly, the Supreme Court has granted a request to stay the ruling of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that would have allowed same-sex couples in Virginia to get married legally: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an order that will stop same-sex couples in Virginia from being able to marry starting […]

Public Opinion On Ferguson Shows Deep Racial Divisions

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What you think about the events in Ferguson depends quite a lot on whether you’re black or white.

Professor-Cop Blames Victims of Police Violence

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17-year veteran of the LAPD says, “If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.”

Police Are Not Soldiers; Our Communities Are Not War Zones

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We should not tolerate them acting otherwise.

Watch your Mouth in North Augusta, SC

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Via WSPA:  SC mom arrested for using ‘F-word’ in grocery store in front of her kids Wolf, age 22, moved to South Carolina with her family 3 weeks ago but a night at a grocery store has her wanting to move back to Ohio. "He was like, ‘You’re under arrest’…right in front of kids, in […]

A Timely Thought On The Militarization Of Police Forces

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“There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state. The other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.”   – Cmdr. William Adama, Battlestar Galactica “Water” Season One, Episode 2

Another Night Of Unrest In Ferguson, And An Assault On Journalism

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The situation in Ferguson, Missouri isn’t calming down.

Fourth Circuit Refuses To Stay Ruling Against Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to stay the effect of its ruling striking down Virginia’s state Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: A federal appeals court panel refused to stay its decision striking Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, which means the unions could start next week absent further judicial action. Opponents of the law […]

The Michael Brown Shooting And The Militarization Of American Police

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The shooting of Michael Brown is just another example of an ongoing problem.

Same-Sex Marriage Suffers A Legal Setback In Tennessee

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A trial court judge in Tennessee is the first jurist since the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage

Federal Judge Rejects Voting Rights Challenge To North Carolina Ballot Changes

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A major voting rights ruling out of North Carolina.

James Brady Death a Homicide

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Former Reagan speechwriter and gun control activist Jim Brady’s death has been ruled a homicide. No, there was no foul play involved—at least not recently.

James Brady’s Death Ruled A Homicide

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Could John Hinckley, Jr. face murder charges 30 years after his attempted assassination of President Reagan?

If A Monkey Takes A Selfie, Who Owns The Copyright?

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Wikipedia is refusing to recognize a photographer’s copyright claim because a monkey took the picture.

Mississippi Republican Party Refuses To Hear Chris McDaniel’s Election Challenge

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A big setback for Mississippi’s erstwhile Tea Party candidate for Senate.

Voter ID Laws Are A Solution In Search Of A Non-Existent Problem

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There is simply no evidence of the kind of in-person voter impersonation that Voter ID Laws were designed to prevent.

Utah Appeals Same-Sex Marriage Case To Supreme Court

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Utah’s Attorney General has appealed the 10th Circuit’s decision striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage to the Supreme Court: WASHINGTON—Utah officials on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could set the stage for the justices to decide whether gay couples have a constitutional […]

Virginia Marriage Case Headed To Supreme Court

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Not surprisingly, one of the Defendants in the challenge to Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban has announced their intention to appeal the 4th Circuit’s decision striking down the law to the Supreme Court: In Virginia, Michele B. McQuigg, who is the county clerk of Prince William County, a jurisdiction just south of Washington, D.C., asked the […]

Sanity Prevails In Case Of Sexting Teen Charged With Child Pornography

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In some sense, justice has prevailed.

Obamacare Subsidies Court Challenge Headed To Supreme Court

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Another Obamacare case is heading to the Supreme Court, but it’s unclear if they’ll agree to hear it, or when they’d hear it if they did.

House Votes To Authorize Utterly Pointless Lawsuit Against President Obama

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Your tax dollars, not at work.

Bob McDonnell Trial Opens On A Pathetic And Sordid Note

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The trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife opened yesterday, and it sounded more like a soap opera than a legal proceeding.

Federal Court Of Appeals Rejects New Constitutional Challenge To Obamacare

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A Federal Appeals Court has rejected a challenge to Obamacare based on a somewhat obscure provision of the Constitution.

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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Another Circuit Court of Appeals has weighed in on the marriage equality debate.

Federal Judge Strikes Down D.C. Law Barring Carrying Handguns In Public

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In a logical extension of the Supreme Court’s decision in D.C. v. Heller, a Federal Judge has struck down D.C.’s law barring people from carrying handguns in public.

The New York Times Endorses Marijuana Legalization

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The Grey Lady sees the light on a major part of the War On Drugs.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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Thanks in large part to the decisions from the 10th Circuit decisions that struck down similar laws in Utah and Oklahoma, a Federal Judge in Colorado has ruled that the Centennial State’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional: Colorado Attorney General John Suthers lost another round in his fight to defend the state’s voter-approved ban […]

Black And White Stripes Are The New Orange

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A jail in Michigan is switching prison garb to old-style black and white stripes because prisoners have become enamored of the orange they had been wearing due to the popularity of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black: SAGINAW, MI — If orange is the new black, as the popular TV show title says, then black-and-white stripes are […]

Two Federal Appeals Courts Rule Two Different Ways On Obamacare Subsidies

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Contradictory rulings from two Federal Courts of Appeal show that statutory construction isn’t a simple thing.

Sex Offender Registry Insanity

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Good intentions, bad results.

10th Circuit Strikes Down Oklahoma’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

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Another step closer to the Supreme Court.

State Court Judge Strikes Down Florida’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

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A state court Judge in Florida has become the latest jurist to strike down a state’s ban on same-sex marriage: In a decision some called “the beginning of the end” of Florida’s ban on gay marriage, a Monroe County judge ruled Thursday that two Key West bartenders and other gay couples must be allowed to […]

California Not Executing Enough People, Says Federal Judge

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The most novel argument yet against capital punishment.

Majority Of Republicans Support Obama’s Impeachment

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A lot of Republicans dislike the President enough to think that he should be removed from office, but will that make impeachment more likely to happen?

Six Californias? It May Be On The Ballot In 2016, But It Probably Won’t Happen

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A Silicon Valley businessman says he has enough signatures to get it on the ballot, but the plan to break California up into six states is most assuredly going nowhere.

Getting The State Out of the Wedding Business

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Why is the marriage ceremony the government’s concern?

TSA Agent Stops Reporter Because He Didn’t Know Washington D.C. Is Part Of The United States

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The Washington reporter for an Orlando television station was initially stopped from getting on a plane because he didn’t believe that the reporter’s Washington, D.C. Driver’s License was a valid form of identification: ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s something most students learn in elementary school — the United States is made up of 50 states and the […]

Journalist, Activist, And Undocumented Immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas Detained By Border Patrol

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Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who revealed that he had been in the country illegally since he was a child in a 2011 article in The New York Times and has since become something of an activist on immigration issues, has been detained in Texas: McAllen, Tex. — Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented Filipino […]

Another Legal Threat To The Affordable Care Act

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A case pending in Federal Court in Washington, D.C. could pose new legal problems for the Affordable Care Act

Jose Antonio Vargas Is A Symbol For Immigration Reform, Not A Candidate For Deportation

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Jose Antonio Vargas was brought to the U.S. at the age of 12 and never left. Now, some are suggesting he should be deported as soon as possible.

Mother Charged For Leaving 11 Year Old In A Car: Protecting Children, Or Paranoia?

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To some extent, we seem to be becoming overprotective.

John Boehner’s Lawsuit Against Obama Is All About Obamacare, And Will Probably Be Dismissed

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John Boehner’s latest political move is designed mostly to appease the GOP base, but it’s likely a non-starter from a legal point of view.

Virginia Police Drop Demand To Take Explicit Photos Of Minor Defendant In Sexting Case

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Police and prosecutors in Prince William County, Virginia have announced they will not attempt to have sexually explicit photos taken of a 17 year-old Defendant in a sexting case currently pending in that county’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: Police say that they will no longer be pursuing efforts to take sexually explicit photos […]

Colorado Judge Strikes Down Centennial State’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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A state court Judge in Colorado has become the latest jurist to strike down a state law ban on same-sex marriage: An Adams County District Court judge on Wednesday declared Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, but he immediately stayed his ruling. Judge C. Scott Crabtree pulled no punches in his 49-page ruling, saying the […]

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